Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson died in 2009/AFP

Acclaimed king of pop Michael Jackson earned $400m between October 1, 2017, and October 1, 2018, despite dying since 2009.

This figure came from Forbes in its annual ranking of highest-paid dead celebrities.

Advertise With Us

On the whole, the singer has earned $2.4 billion since his death.

According to Forbes, Jackson’s Mijac Music catalogue, a Sony record deal and TV special, Michael Jackson’s Halloween were responsible for the musician’s earnings.

He is closely followed by Elvis Presley who made $40 million as golf legend Arnold Palmer earned $35 million to complete the top three earners.

Also in the top 13, highest-earning celebrities are Dr. Seuss, Hugh Hefner, Marilyn Monroe, Prince, John Lennon, XXXTentacion, Muhammad Ali, Bettie Page.

Forbes looks at pretax earnings in the period under review before deducting fees for agents, managers, lawyers and estate executors.